WASHINGTON D.C. – While Dreamers get a lot of attention in the attempt to find a solution to illegal immigration there is another group of visitors who have found a home in the United States and are fighting to stay.
This week The National TPS Alliance is meeting with lawmakers, trying to come to a solution that would allow around 200,000 immigrants to remain in the U.S. after September 2019.
TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status—immigrants who have been allowed to remain here, in some cases, for close to 20 years after leaving their countries because of war or natural disasters. In that time, the United States government has prevented those recipients from applying for permanent resident status despite there being close to 273,000 U.S.-citizen children born to families here through TPS.
If President Donald Trump follows through on his plan immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Nepal and Nicaragua could be forced to return home, likely splitting up families. When Trump made the announcement in early January he said TPS was never meant to be a permanent solution for immigrants.